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"E.A. Poe" Watercolor by William A. Lewis This watercolor was executed in 1959 and reflects that influence of painterly abstraction, which was popularized in the 1940s by Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, and… watercolor on paper 1959
"Edgar Mouse Poe" by Alan F. Beck This is a limited edition print depicting a mouse dressed as Edgar Allan Poe as he appeared in the 1848 "Ultima Thule" daguerreotype, a copy of which is in the Poe… Framed Print 2009
"Nevermore" by Fred O. Seibel Fred O. Seibel (1886-1968) drew this editorial cartoon for the June 17, 1944 issue of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The title and the caption are references to Edgar… Pen and Ink on Paper June 17, 1944
"Psalm 139th" Poem by Edgar Allan Poe's Brother Edgar Allan Poe's brother, William Henry Leonard Poe (1807-1831), published a number of poems and stories before his early death at age twenty-four. This is the… Bound Journal February 3, 1827
"The Bells" Illustrated by Edmund Dulac French illustrator Edmund Dulac (1882-1953) first published an edition of The Bells and Other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe in 1912. The illustrations here are from A… Photomechanical Prints 1928
"The Bells" in Sartain's Union Magazine of Literature and Art This is the first printing of Poe's poem "The Bells." Though Poe wrote the poem in 1848, it was not printed until after his October 1849 death. In June, 1849, Poe… Bound Journal 1849
"The Fall of the House of Usher" by Albert Sterner This lithograph was reprinted, much reduced in size, as an illustration on page 246 of the 1925 edition of Mary Newton Stanard's biography of Poe entitled The… Lithograph Before 1925
"The Fall of the House of Usher" Etching by Robert Lawson Robert Lawson (1892-1957) was a popular children's book author and illustrator who was the first to win both the Coldecott Medal and the Newbury Medal. In the… Etching 1931
"The Purloined Letter" in Chamber's Edinburgh Journal Shortly after the first printing of Poe's detective story "The Purloined Letter" in October 1844 in the anthology The Gift, the story was reprinted in abridged form… Magazine November 30, 1844
"The Raven" by August Holland August Holland (1928-1998) is primarily known as a maritime artist, but, early in his careet, he produced a number of illustrations, including the present work,… Print on Board ca.1960s
A Confession of the Awful and Bloody Transactions in the Life of Charles Wallace, the Fiend-like Murderer of Miss Mary Rogers This 1851 hoax pamphlet claims to record the confession of the murderer of Mary C. Rogers. The unsolved 1841 murder of Mary Rogers inspired Poe's short story "The… Pamphlet 1851
Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane, and Minor Poems Only 18 copies remain of Poe's second book, which was his first book to be distributed. It was published shortly after Poe had hired a substitute to serve in his… book 1829
Algernon Swinburne's Copy of Tamerlane This is the first British edition of Poe's first book, Tamerlane. Published in 1884, the book contains a facsimile of what, at the time, was considered the only… book 1884
Amasa Converse Photograph Dr. Amasa Converse performed Edgar Allan Poe's wedding ceremony on May 16, 1836 in Richmond, Virginia. Converse was both a Presbyterian minister and the editor of… Photographic Print Original ca. 1860
Andrew Tutt's Notebook Andrew T. Tutt was the first husband of Edgar Alllan Poe's cousin, Elizabeth Rebecca Herring, the woman to whom Poe originally dedicated his poem "To Eliza." Tutt… leather, paper ca. 1829
Anna Charlotte Lynch Portrait Anna Charlotte Lynch (1815-1891) was a poet and teacher who hosted weekly literary soirees at her New York City home during the time of Poe's residence in that… Oil on Canvas 1840s
Anna Estelle "Stella" Lewis Letter to Martin Van Buren Moore In this letter written nine years after Edgar Allan Poe's death, his acquaintance, Stella Lewis, provides an unflattering depiction of Poe's mother-in-law, Maria… Letter, Sepia Ink on both sides of faded white paper September 29, 1858
Anne Elizabeth Shelton Photograph Anne Elizabeth Shelton was the daughter of Edgar Allan Poe's last fiancee Sarah Elmira Royster Shelton (1810-1888). Had Poe married Mrs. Shelton, Ann Elizabeth… Opaltype mid 19th Century
Annie Richmond Portrait Nancy Locke Heywood Richmond (1820-1898) was a close friend to Edgar Allan Poe in the last two years of his life. He referred to her as "Annie" and dedicated his… Photomechanical Print
Aubrey Beardsley Illustrations for Poe's Works Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) was an English artist considered a leader of the Aesthetic movement. Though Beardsley executed these drawings around 1894, they were… Print on Paper Drawn ca.1894, Printed ca.1925
Book Autographed by Edgar Allan Poe for Lousia Ann Lynch Edgar Allan Poe presented this copy of The New Gift and Juvenile Souvenir for 1836 to Louisa Anna Lynch. He inscribed the book "To/ Miss Louisa Ann Lynch/ with the… Book ca.1836
Boston Recorder for June 17, 1820 This newspaper was edited by Nathaniel Willis (1780-1870). Willis was a Boston editor and publisher who established the newspapers Eastern Argus and Boston Recorder… Newspaper June 17, 1820
Brady Portrait of Poe Photographer Mathew Brady is best known today for his Civil War photographs and portraits of Lincoln, but he achieved a great deal of success during his lifetime as… albumen print carte-de-visite ca. 1860
Brass Ladle from Poe's Cottage The Poe family used this ladle in the Fordham, New York cottage in which Edgar Allan Poe; his wife, Virginia Clemm Poe; and his mother-in-law, Maria Poe Clemm,… Brass Early Nineteenth Century
Bronze Edgar Allan Poe Bell This limited edition bell was produced by Gerry Ballatyne F.R.S.A. and was the 1988 Annual Ballantyne Bell. The piece was cast in bronze using the "lost wax"… bronze bell 1988
Candelabra Belonging to Marie Louise Shew This pair of Old Sheffield Plate candelabra were once owned by Marie Louise Shew, the woman to who Poe dedicated the poems "To M.L.S." and "The Beloved Physician."… Sheffield Plate 1800-1810
Charles Baudelaire's Translation of Eureka The French poet and critic Charles Baudelaire devoted much of his career to translating Poe's works into French and popularizing Poe in France. Eureka was Poe's… Book 1863
Chinese Plate for Poe's Boyhood Home This eighteenth century Canton plate was once part of a set owned by Poe's foster parent's John and Frances Allan. It was bought at the estate sale of the Allan… Porcelin 18th Century
Coffee Pot from Poe's Sister's Home This silver-plated coffee pot was used by Poe's sister's foster family, the Mackenzies, at their Richmond home, Duncan Lodge. Poe's sister lived with the Mackenzies… Silver plated with wooden handle
Cornwell Daguerreotype of Poe Poe stares out at us from this haunting image taken only four days after a suicide attempt. He was in Providence, Rhode Island in November 1848. His wife Virginia… Daguerreotype November 1848 (original) 1850s (present copy)
Dancing Shoes Owned by the Poe Family These ladies' kid white leather dancing shoes were purchased in London by Edgar Allan Poe's mother-in-law/aunt Maria Poe Clemm's future husband William Clemm on a… kid white leather 1805
Davidson Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe This albumen print is an altered version of the "Traylor" daguerreotype taken by William Abbott Pratt in Richmond in 1849. The alterations include the inclusion of… Albumen Print Photograph 1876
Decanter from Edgar Allan Poe's Boyhood Home This is one of two glass decanters from the home of Poe's foster parents, John and Frances Allan, given to the Poe Museum in 1931 by Josie and Katie Halloran, whose… glass
Decanters from Poe's Boyhood Home These cut glass decaters were used in the home of John and Frances Allan, foster parents of Edgar Allan Poe. The Poe Museum purchased them on September 14, 1922 for… glass
Deed for the Swan Tavern During his last visit to Richmond in the summer of 1849, Poe stayed part of the time in the Swan Tavern, a modest hotel that once stood near the corner of Eighth… paper March 4, 1836
Desk from the Office of the Southern Literary Messenger The desk was used in the office of the Southern Literary Messenger, the magazine at which Poe began his career in journalism. It was probably used in the the 1840s… desk, walnut, yellow pine, poplar 1840s
Desk from the Southern Literary Messenger Office This desk was used in the office of the Southern Literary Messenger when Poe was there. It was at this Richmond publication that Poe began his career in journalism… Desk, mahogany, mahogany veneer, poplar, birch, white pine 1820-1830
Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel Movie Poster This poster promotes the West German film "Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel," which was also released under the titles "The Blood Demon," "The Torture Chamber of… Movie Poster 1967
Edgar Allan Poe Albumen Print Owned by David Bridges According to the inscription on the back, this albumen print photograph of Edgar Allan Poe was once owned by Poe's childhood friend and classmate David Bridges. A… Albumen Print Carte De Visite ca. 1870s-1890s
Edgar Allan Poe Engraving by John Sartain Edgar Allan Poe's friend John Sartain produced this engraving of Poe shortly after the author's death for inclusion in the posthumously released collection of Poe's… Engraving with Mezzotint on Paper 1849
Edgar Allan Poe Letter to Lucy Dorothea Henry As a celebrity in his own time, Poe was occasionally asked for his autograph. This autograph was written at the request of Lucy Dorothea Henry, granddaughter of… Letter, One Page June 20, 1843
Edgar Allan Poe Portrait Owned by Elmira Royster Shelton This albumen print photograph of Oscar Halling's ca.1868 pastel drawing of Edgar Allan Poe was once owned by Elmira Royster Shelton (1810-1888), the woman to whom… Albumen Print Carte De Visite After 1868
Edgar Allan Poe's Boot Hooks A few weeks before his death, Edgar Allan Poe left these boot hooks at Duncan Lodge, the home in which his sister, Rosalie Mackenzie Poe, lived with her foster… wood, metal unknown
Edgar Allan Poe's Chair This is said to be the chair Edgar Allan Poe used while working in the office of the Southern Literary Messenger in Richmond from 1835 to 1837. Legend tells that… American Empire Side Chair ca. 1820-1830
Edgar Allan Poe's Manuscript for "The Rationale of Verse" Poe attempts to explain the history of English verse in this essay, which he had trouble getting published because editors considered it too technical for the… Manuscript, One Page 1848
Edgar Allan Poe's Mother-in-Law's Cap Edgar Poe's mother-in-law, Maria Poe Clemm (1790-1871), was also the sister of Poe's father, David Poe, Jr. It was to Maria Clemm that Poe dedicated his 1849 poem… wool
Edgar Allan Poe's Mother-in-Law's Stockings Edgar Poe's mother-in-law, Maria Poe Clemm (1790-1871), was also the sister of Poe's father, David Poe, Jr. It was to Maria Clemm that Poe dedicated his 1849 poem… silk
Edgar Allan Poe's Socks After Poe's early death, this piece was one of the articles of Poe's clothing his mother-in-law kept in a trunk of his possessions. Although the trunk is lost, we… silk
Edgar Allan Poe's Trunk When Poe lay dying in a Baltimore hospital, his attending physician asked him where his trunk was. Since Poe was traveling when he died, it was assumed he had a… wood, leather, brass Probably 1840s
Edgar Allan Poe's Vest This fine silk embroidered vest was once owned by Edgar Allan Poe. It serves as a reminder of contemporary descriptions of the poet as an "elegant appearing… Silk
Edgar Allan Poe's Walking Stick On his last night in Richmond, two weeks before his death, Edgar Poe left this walking stick at the home of his friend and physician, Dr. John Carter, on his last… wood, silver tip
Edouard Manet Etching of Poe The French painter Edouard Manet (1832-1883) was a friend to the Impressionist painters and forerunner of modern painting. Although he was primarily a painter,… Etching on Paper ca. 1874
Elmira Royster Shelton Daguerreotype This daguerreotype represents Edgar Allan Poe's first and last fiancee, Elmira Royster Shelton. Poe was first engaged to Shelton in 1826, when he was seventeen… Sixth Plate Daguerreotype ca.1850s
Elmira Royster Shelton Daguerreotype in Case Sarah Elmira Royster Shelton (1810-1888) was Edgar Allan Poe's first fiancee when he was seventeen years old, and she became his last fiancee when they renewed… Sixth Plate Daguerreotype ca.1850s
Elmira Royster Shelton's Spectacles These spectacles were worn by Poe's first and last fiancee, Elmira Royster Shelton. Poe was first engaged to Shelton in 1826, when he was seventeen years old, but… metal, glass 19th Century
English Queen Anne Chippendale Transitional Side Chair from Poe's Home This chair was used in the home of Poe's foster parents John and Frances Allan while Poe was living there. The chair retains its original covering material. The… Mahogany ca. 1755
English Revival Tall Back Side Chair from Allan Home The brass plaque attached to the back of this chair reads: "This chair, in the Allan Home when Poe lived there, was purchased by Mrs. Charles E. Wortham at the sale… Primary- Poplar 1840-1860
Etching of Poe by Lewis Lefort This etching (a kind of print made by etching lines into a prepared metal printing plate using acid) was made in 1892, well after the subject's death in 1849. The… Etching on Paper 1892
Father Tabb Letter Objecting to Poe's Exclusion from the Hall of Fame Father John Banister Tabb (1845-1909) was a popular poet and priest who published eleven collections of poetry and saw a number of his poems printed in the leading… Letter ca. 1905
First Dutch Translation of "The Purloined Letter" A little over two years after Poe wrote it, J.L. Van Der Vliet translated Poe's 1844 detective story "The Purloined Letter" into Dutch for the January 1847 issue of… Magazine January 1847
First Edition of Eureka Eureka (1848) was Edgar Allan Poe's last book, and he considered it his masterpiece. In a July 7, 1849 letter to his mother-in-law Maria Clemm, Poe wrote, "I have… book 1848
First English Edition of The Raven and Other Poems Published in London in 1846 (the year after the collection was first published by the same publishers in New York), this book uses the same sheets as the American… Book 1846
First Printing of "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" This is the first printing of the first detective story, Edgar Allan Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue." The story first appeared in the April 1841 issue of… Bound Volume 1841
First Printing of "The Pit and the Pendulum" in The Gift The Gift was an annual anthology or gift book. Such gift books had their origins in Germany, and the first such gift book was published in the United States… book 1842
First Printing of "The Purloined Letter" from The Gift The Gift was an annual anthology or gift book. Such gift books had their origins in Germany, and the first such gift book was published in the United States… book 1844
First Printing of "The Tell-Tale Heart" from The Pioneer Edgar Allan Poe's popular short story "The Tell-Tale Heart" first appeared in the inaugural issue (January 1843) of the Boston magazine The Pioneer, edited by poet… Magazine January 1843
First Printing of "William Wilson" in The Gift The Gift was an annual anthology or gift book. Such git books had their origins in Germany, and the first such gift book was published in the United States appeared… Book 1839
Flower from the Tomb of Keats This pressed flower was picked from the grave of English Romantic poet John Keats (1795-1821) on October 26, 1854 and sent to Poe's Richmond friend John R. Thompson… Paper with dried, pressed flower October 26, 1854
Fragment of Edgar Allan Poe Letter This fragment was given to the Poe Museum in October 1969 by Mrs. Rosewell Page. It was once the property of her brother-in-law, Thomas Nelson Page… Fragment of Letter 1836
Frances Keeling Valentine Allan Portrait This is one of two known life portraits of Edgar Allan Poe's foster mother, Frances Allan (1785-1829), who cared for Poe after his biological mother died when he… Oil on Metal ca. 1828
Frances S. Osgood Letter to John Keese Frances Osgood (1811-1850) was a poetess and close friend of Poe and his wife. Poe and Osgood addressed love poems to each other in the Broadway Journal and other… April 28, 1845
Gothic Revival High Back Hall Chair from Allan Home This chair was purchased at the 1881 estate sale of Poe's foster father's widow, Louisa G. Allan, by Mrs. Samuel Gordon Wallace, whose daughter, Mrs. Maxwell G.… Primary: Mahogany ca. 1845
Granite Salvaged from Boarding House in Which Poe Lived These benches are said to be made of granite salvaged from Mrs. Yarrington's Boarding House on Bank Street in Richmond, Virginia. Poe moved into the house with his…
Henry Herring Portrait When Poe lay semiconscious in a Baltimore tavern on October 3, 1849, his uncle Henry Herring (1791-1868) refused to take him home to care for him. Instead, Poe was… Oil on Panel 1868
Illustrations by Albert Edward Sterner Albert Edward Sterner (1863-1946) produced these illustrations in 1894 and 1895 for the ten-volume set The Works of Edgar Allan Poe edited by E.C. Stedman and G. E.… Photomechanical Prints ca. 1894-5
Illustrations by Frederick Simpson Coburn Canadian artist Frederick Simpson Coburn (1871-1960) produced these illustrations for the ten-volume set Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe (1902) published by G.P.… Phographic Prints of Drawings 1902
Irons from Poe's Boyhood Home These two brass irons are said to have been used in Poe's boyhood home in Richmond. brass, wood handles
James Royster Miniature James Royster was the father of Poe's first fiancee, Elmira Royster (1810-1888). Mr. Royster disapproved of the relationship and broke the engagement by… Watercolor on Card
James Russell Lowell Letter to Editor of Graham's Magazine James Russell Lowell (1819-1891) was a poet and, at one point, a friend of Edgar Allan Poe. It was Lowell who first published Poe's story "The Tell-Tale Heart" in… letter August 14, 1841
Jane Scott Mackenzie Portrait Jane Scott Mackenzie (1783-1865) was the foster mother of Edgar Allan Poe's only sister, Rosalie Mackenzie Poe (1810-1874). Rosalie Poe lived with Mrs. Mackenzie… Oil on Canvas 1850
John Allan Portrait This small oil portrait on tin of Edgar Poe's foster father John Allan has been attributed to a few different artists, including the portraitist Thomas Sully, whose… Oil on Metal ca. 1804
John Hamilton Mackenzie Albumen Print Photograph John Hamilton Mackenzie (1806-1875) was a lifelong friend of Edgar Allan Poe. He was also the foster brother (and, after his father William Mackenzie's death in… albumen print photograph 1860-1875
John Hamilton Mackenzie Daguerreotype John Hamilton Mackenzie (1806-1875) was a lifelong friend of Edgar Poe's as well as the foster brother of Poe's sister, Rosalie Mackenzie Poe. After the death of… Daguerreotype 1840s
John Hamilton Mackenzie Daguerreotype John Hamilton Mackenzie (1806-1875) was a lifelong friend of Edgar Allan Poe. He was also the foster brother (and, after his father William Mackenzie's death in… Daguerreotype 1840s
John Hill Hewitt's Albumen Print Photograph of Edgar Allan Poe This albumen print of a photograph, similar to the "Painter" daguerreotype of Poe (now owned by the Maryland Historical Society) is labeled "J. H Hewitt photo. of… Albumen Print
John Pendleton Kennedy Letter to Lt. Samuel Larkin John Pendleton Kennedy (1795-1870) was a Baltimore novelist and senator who, after serving on the panel that awarded Poe's short story "Ms. Found in a Bottle" a… Letter, One Page October 25, 1852
John Pendleton Kennedy Letter to Thomas W. White John Pendleton Kennedy (1795-1870) was a Baltimore novelist and senator who, after serving on the panel that awarded Poe's short story "Ms. Found in a Bottle" a… Letter and envelope May 16, 1834
John R. Thompson Sonnet for Anna C. Lynch John R. Thompson (1823-1873), Poe's friend and editor of the Southern Literary Messenger, wrote this sonnet for Poe's sometimes friend the poet Anna C. Lynch… poem August 1850
John Sartain Letter to E. Leslie Gilliams Philadelphia publisher and engraver John Sartain (1808-1897) wrote this letter concerning Sartain's account of Poe's unusual behavior during a visit to Sartain's… April 7, 1895
Letter from A.M. Ide to John Bisco (Editor of the Broadway Journal) Abijah Metcalf Ide, Jr. (1825-1873) was a South Attleborough, Massachusetts, farmer who started writing Poe in October 1843 and who sent him poems to critique. Ide… letter August 13, 1845
Letter from Anna Charlotte Lynch to Edgar Allan Poe In this letter, dated June 25, 1845, the poet Anna Charlotte Lynch (1815-1891) asks Poe to deliver one of her poems to John Keese for his upcoming anthology The… Letter June 25, 1845
Letter from Richard Henry Stoddard Concerning Poe Poet and critic Richard Henry Stoddard (1825-1903) met Edgar Allan Poe in 1845 while trying unsuccessfully to submit poetry for publication in the Broadway Journal,… Leter, Two Pages Septemeber 24, 1872
Letter from Thomas Bolling to William Bolling Concerning William Galt This letter provides information about what Richmonders thought of Edgar Allan Poe's "Uncle Bill" William Galt, the uncle of Poe's foster father John Allan.… letter, three pages November 29, 1800
Letter from Thomas Dunn English to Edmund Clarence Stedman The writer of this letter, Thomas Dunn English (1819-1902), was at different times a friend and an enemy of Poe's. In one of the latter moments, English caricatured… letter, one page
Letter from William Fairman to John Bisco (Broadway Journal) September 29, 1845 William Fairman was a traveling representative for the Broadway Journal, a magazine Edgar Allan Poe edited and briefly owned. Fairman writes this letter from… letter September 29, 1845
Letter to Edgar Allan Poe (Editor of the Broadway Journal) from A.S. Jordan This letter is addressed to the "Editors and Publishers of the B'Way Journal" by a lawyer who threatens a libel suit against the Broadway Journal for statements the… Letter October 4, 1845
Letter to Edgar Allan Poe (Editor of the Broadway Journal) from William W. Caldwell, Jr. In this letter dated October 20, 1845 and addressed to "Edgar A. Poe, esq." the writer, William W. Caldwell, Jr. of Newbury Port, Massachusetts, praises the… letter, one sheet October 20, 1845
Manuscript for "The Genius and Character of Edgar Allan Poe" by John R. Thompson This is the manuscript for a lecture on Edgar Allan Poe written and delivered by Poe's friend John R. Thompson (1823-1873). Internal evidence suggests the lecture… 43 pages, sepia ink on blue ruled paper ca.1860s
Manuscript for "To Helen" This is the only known manuscript for Poe's poem "To Helen," which Poe scholar Thomas Ollive Mabbott regarded as "the finest of Poe's lyrics." Poe dedicated this… Pencil in Album 1829-1835
Manuscript Portion of Poe's Marginalia This manuscript was written on thin strips of paper, glued end to end, as Poe was know to do. Poe would roll these manuscripts like scrolls for easy storage in his… Manuscript in Two Strips of Uneven Length 1849